Park Joins Stokell In Two-Car Lamborghini Team For Eastern Creek Nations Cup Races LAMBORGHINI star Paul Stokell's fight back in the Megamantis.com Australian Nations Cup Championship will be boosted by a new teammate in a second Diablo coupe...
Park Joins Stokell In Two-Car Lamborghini Team For Eastern Creek Nations Cup Races
LAMBORGHINI star Paul Stokell's fight back in the Megamantis.com Australian Nations Cup Championship will be boosted by a new teammate in a second Diablo coupe for round five at Sydney's Eastern Creek circuit next weekend.
Stokell, a three-time Gold Star driving champion, will have Queensland-based Wayne Park alongside in Australia's first two-car Lamborghini team, challenging a multi-million dollar field including five Ferraris, six Porsches and a pair of Chrysler Vipers.
"After being the lone Lamborghini driver for so long, it will be great to have Wayne as a teammate at Eastern Creek and for the rest of the season. This track should suit our cars and we need to make the most of the chances because it gets harder from here," Stokell said.
Defending champion Jim Richards, in a Porsche, leads the 2001 pointscore from Peter Fitzgerald (Porsche) and Stokell.
After a disastrous third round in Canberra, when he scored no points and dropped from first to fifth in the standings, the Lamborghini driver has been fighting his way back to contention in the Meguiar's Drivers Championship.
He scored a clean sweep of qualifying and all three races of round four in Queensland last month and hopes the return from the sidelines of Park, who raced a Ferrari last season, will help deliver another big swag of points in Sydney.
The two V12-powered Italian cars are expected meet strong competition from the equally-awesome V10 Chrysler Vipers of Geoff Morgan and D'arcy Russell, while Ferrari driver Craig Baird hopes to continue his progress up the points ladder after a late start to his season.
MEGUIARS DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP: 492 J. Richards, 406 P. Fitzgerald, 399 P. Stokell, 307 T. Quinn (Porsche), 297 C. Baird (Ferrari), 270 D. Russell (Viper).
LAST YEAR: Pole J. Richards (Porsche) 1 min. 37.61 sec. Race 1 P. Stokell (Lamborghini), M. Noske (Ferrari), J. Richards. Race 2 M. Noske, J. Richards, P. Fitzgerald (Porsche).
TIMETABLE: Friday - 11.35 am (Practice, 30 min.), 2.10 pm (Practice, 30 min.). Saturday - 10.20 am (Practice, 20 min.), 2.05 pm (Qualifying, 30 min.). Sunday - 11.30 pm (Race 1, 9 laps), 3.30 pm (Race 2, reverse grid, 9 laps), 4.10 pm (Race 3, 9 laps).